Maruti Suzuki with the parent, Suzuki Motors is soon going to start developing budget electric vehicles by the year 2020, but it hasn’t yet given the details of the segment in which it will be introducing its electric car fleet. For now, it is focusing on the in-house potential for developing the electric vehicles but is also looking for partners to join in the development of the new ecosystem of electric vehicles. The Carmaker wouldn’t solely rely on its partnership with Toyota for developing the fleet on its own from the bottom.
As known by now, the first segment of Suzuki electric cars will be based on its own technology and those in collaboration with Toyota will be launched after that. The sources also say the Toyota will launch its EV by November.
Maruti Suzuki will most probably launch the electric car with an output of 25 to 35 kilowatts per hour which will be suitable for budget cars priced under 10 lakhs. Mahindra produced an electric vehicle priced 11 lakhs and gives an output of 35 kilowatts per hour. India is the largest market of Suzuki and there has been a shrink in the Suzuki market in Japan, Suzuki doesn’t want to lose its market due to shift to greener vehicles which may even have an effect on its first-mover advantage.
It has thus decided to launch electric vehicles before the partner company Toyota so that it maintains its number 1 position in the market.
FOCUS ON ECOSYSTEM
Suzuki is looking forward to furthering collaborations for various areas of material handling, battery recycling and reuse besides charging infrastructure. They are focusing on the comprehensive ecosystem, which would be a necessity in the near future, which will include component manufacturing, material arrangement, and various other elements.
The company is still trying to refine its internal combustible engines to make them more efficient and eco-friendly. The electrification of vehicles is to be improved which are not fully electric but alternatives.
Suzuki is going to produce the electric vehicles on its own but it will supply some of it from Toyota as a part of the pact which would further provide technical support and will examine the establishment of charging infrastructure, training of after-sales service personnel and systems for appropriate treatment of end-of-life batteries.
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